Family Struutz lives in Bitterfeld (GDR). After the fall of the wall, they take the opportunity to go on holiday with their car, an old Trabant. They simply want to visit Italy. But there ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wolfgang Stumph ...
Claudia Schmutzler ...
Marie Gruber ...
Dieter Hildebrandt ...
Ottfried Fischer ...
Bernd Amberger
Diether Krebs ...
Konstantin Wecker ...
Billie Zöckler ...
Gerda Amberger (as Billy Zöckler)
Frau Gamshuber
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Monika Baumgartner ...
Rolando Belli
Lisa Bernardini
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Family Struutz lives in Bitterfeld (GDR). After the fall of the wall, they take the opportunity to go on holiday with their car, an old Trabant. They simply want to visit Italy. But there are some incidents during their journey. Written by Ralph Schaefer <>

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17 January 1991 (Germany)  »

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Quella Trabant venuta dall'Est  »

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When André Eisermann was cast for the film (it was his first film role ever), director Peter Timm advised him to avoid sunlight, so he would look as pale as possible for his role as a computer geek. When Eisermann went to a holiday trip to Majorca before filming, he spent most of his time there reading in his hotel room. See more »


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Arrangements & Performing: Norbert Daum
Guitars: Wesley Plass
Tenor & Alt-Sax: Pepe Solera
Choir: Edith Prock, Bimey Oberreit, Julian Pfeifel, Charly Woodward, Wolfgang Emperhoff
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No one knows it, but it is one of my favorite films
10 March 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of my favorite films because I also come from East Germany and I like Trabis! If you don't know a Trabi: "Trabi" is the short form of "Trabant", a little car that nearly Everyone had in the GDR, even it was not very comfortable. Udo Struutz, the main character of the film, loves his Trabi, calls it "Schorsch" and treats him like a real family member. So in the first summer after the Berlin Wall has fallen he travels to Naples with his wife Rita and their 17-year-old daughter Jacqueline. Their guide is "Italienische Reise" (Italian Voyage) by the famous German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe from the year 1787. Of course their holidays are not without complications. The fact of the film that I really find fascinating is that it is not shot in a later time as other "Wende" films like Good Bye Lenin, but it is really from that time (it was shot in Summer 1990) and so it catches the real wall fall feeling - the neighbors in GDR who have now all cars from the west and laugh about Udo and his Trabi; Rita's sister and her family in West Germany who make a business out of the fall of the Iron Curtain (they rent out their caravan to refugees from Eastern Europe), or Udo himself who tries to speak Russian to the people in Rome. And I also like the music, which contains lots of styles, from girlie pop over rock to techno. I give the movie nine points.

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